The Hives - The Black and White Album Album Review


The Hives The Black and White Album Album

Review of The Black and White Album Album by The Hives

The Hives

The Black and White Album

Album Review

A cocky Swedish punk garage rock band, The Hives enjoyed massive success with their hit single Hate To Say I Told You So from their 'greatest hits' collection Your New Favourite Band - a ferociously hook-laden slice of attitude. Known for wearing only black and white, this fourth full-length album's title perhaps also conveys the attempt to provide a counterpoint to the usual snotty Jet sound with a song like A Stroll Through Hive Manor - all cheesy 60s organs. A band that's more akin to sweaty punkmeisters like The Mooney Suzuki, Hoodoo Gurus or Beasts of Bourbon, The Hives here have produced a stunning follow-up to 2004's Tyrannosaurus Hives.

The tongues are firmly in cheek, the guitar riffage cranked to 11, and there's not a trace of subtlety anywhere. Unfortunately, there is a misstep or two - eight track, T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S, is produced by Pharrell Williams (although he didn't mess up Well All Right!), and Giddy Up! The best two tracks bookend the album - single Tick Tick Boom (which continues the Hate To Say theme), and Fall Is Just Something Grown-ups Invented are fantastic. The Hives are certainly one-trick ponies, but the trick is pretty special.

Rating 8/10

Mike Rea




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